Washington will most likely hold its status as “first among equals” two decades from now, buoyed not only by military strength but by economic and diplomatic power. That’s one of the conclusions of “Alternative Worlds,” released Monday by the National Intelligence Council.
Rising powers such as China may be “ambivalent and even resentful” of American leadership, but they’re more interested in holding positions of influence in organizations such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund than assuming that role, the report found.
“Nevertheless, with the rapid rise of other countries, the ‘unipolar moment’ is over, and “Pax Americana” – the era of American ascendancy in international politics that began in 1945 – is fast winding down,” the report states.
Monday’s 166-page report is the fifth in the “Global Trends 2030″ series by the council, an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
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